Department Information

Business Studies

Members of the Department

Mrs Denise Murphy (Head of Department)

Business Studies News


Business Studies provides students with an insight into the world of work. Students will discover how businesses operate and will learn about their key functions. This knowledge is invaluable to those students who wish to pursue careers in management, marketing, human resources, project management, business accounting, management consultancy, and business journalism. We offer both traditional and Applied GCE as well as GCSE.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Business Studies is now broken down into manageable units. Unit one is assessed at the end of Year 11 and unit two at the end of Year 12. Coursework has been replaced with controlled classroom assessment now worth 25% instead of 20%.

This subject provides a sound basis of business knowledge which pupils can use in a wide variety of careers such as accountancy, financial services, management and law. They will study current business and economic events in local, national and global contexts. They will learn how use key terms and concepts to describe business behaviour. Pupils will also consider business ethics and the impact of business on the environment.

GCSE Applied Business Studies (Single Award)

This course offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Northern Ireland. This Applied GCSE provides an excellent basis of business knowledge, which pupils can build on through further study in Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Business Studies, Advanced GCE in Business Studies and Applied GCE in Business. This specification has a practical focus. Year 11 pupils have controlled assessment only, worth 60% of GCSE. 

Key Stage 5 (GCE)


GCE Business Studies is made up of two levels: AS and A2. Year 13 students can take the AS course as a final qualification without progressing to the A2 Level in Year 14. Those wanting to obtain the full Advanced GCE must complete both the AS and the A2 Level. The course has a modular structure. Students will study two units at AS and a further two at A2 Level.


Having a vocational emphasis, this is a very active course and students will need to be prepared to undertake their own research.  Places on this course are limited. A three unit CCEA award will be offered as an introduction to business and is appropriate as a complementary vocational course for students taking two or three other A-level subjects. 

Students study the CCEA specification.

Career Opportunities

This course is invaluable to those students who wish to pursue careers in accountancy, management, marketing, human resources, project management, management consultancy, and business journalism. 

Chartered accountant, chartered certified accountant, chartered management accountant, corporate investment banker, insurance underwriter, management consultant, retail banker, risk manager, human resources officer, logistics and distribution manager, marketing executive, retail manager, systems analyst